Six Year Anniversary



So … the above just appeared in my notifications.

I stared at it a moment. Because, you see, I would’ve thought it was longer than six years. I also would’ve thought it couldn’t possibly have been six years already … Yet, there it is. Time doing the odd thing it knows to do as it spirals around.

Can’t ever hold on to time. It is a slippery thing, it is. Can hardly hold on to stats, seeing how they dance around. It is folly to try.

But I thought I would, anyhow, just for fun, post a snapshot of this moment in time. Even if it will change as soon as I post this, as soon as you see this, as soon as any one of you reacts or comments or clicks on this.

Still. Just because …

Here are a few stats:

  • 1681 posts
  • 72,111 visitors from practically every country in the world!

By the time your eyes rest on this, the numbers are already different … The values are not … Because the numbers have little meaning. Many blogs have more than this a day. Many more still have less. What does matter, to me, is you. That you read this. That you are part of this. That you matter. That you are you. You made this. With me.

I am especially moved that this little tiny sliver of a blog in the big vast space of the Internet, has had visitors from every corner of the globe. From countries large and small, from the smallest islands to the largest landmasses, from a multitude of cultures and languages and ways of life, from countries that we’re supposed to believe don’t get along, or won’t, or don’t care.

This is proof we do. Care. Because we are first and foremost humans. No matter where we were born, under what flag, to what faith or belief or upbringing, in what skin, to what family, to which doctrine. We all share this one home. We’re roommates on a blue marble hurtling through space. Equally precious. Equally worthy. We all are made of the same atoms. We breathe the same air. Drink the same water. Are tethered to the same core gravity. The same moon. Under the same sun. In the same cluster of souls riding the great vastness of Space.

So, you see, to me this little corner of the Internet — along with many others like it — is a window to our universality. To what we can be if we so choose. I’m honored. I’m humbled. I’m grateful to have the opportunity see through this window, through others’ windows, to have others look in through mine. To share light.

So, in this moment, and every moment, know that I am deeply thankful.

For you. For each and every one.

And I’m hopeful that we can, together … read more, write more, see more, share more, listen more, understand more, be more, be kind.



34 thoughts on “Six Year Anniversary

  1. Congratulations on your 6 years! I hit six years about 2 months ago, so we started pretty close to the same time.

    I really like your line “We’re roommates on a blue marble hurtling through space.” Perfectly stated – we are all humans, brothers and sisters. I think the “leaders” of our countries and religions try to make us forget, but a lot of people still know πŸ™‚

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    • How fun! We’re in the same blogging ‘class’!! πŸ™‚
      And, yes, I’m glad that you share my sense of how we all are the same. The separations are arbitrary and aren’t made for the benefit of everyone, but for the benefit of the few who wish to hold power and divide to conquer. Astronauts say that once someone looks onto the Earth from Space, where one sees no borders, no separation between countries, the massive swirling eddies of water and wind and air traveling across and around and back again, the separation is clearly seen as the artificial division that it is. Earth is one ball, with one thin atmosphere around it, molecules recycled and recycled between the lot of us and everything around us time after time. We’re one. No matter how much some want us to believe otherwise.

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      • It’s been a while since anyone has been able to see the the little ball called Earth in one glance, but I know even now that view does change perception of our planet. I read an account of an early trip with an international crew where on the first day they were pointing out their cities as they passed over; the next day it was their countries; by the third day they saw only one world. I’d love to blast some world leaders into space to get that view. Of course, I’d want to leave most of them there, but that is beside the point πŸ˜‰ I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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      • Even if not in one glance, the view from the ISS is that of a blue ball orbited by some tin-cans connected with rivets and spit and a lot of trust and faith … Just like the lot of us in the slightly more substantial Earth below. Borders and fences and division and pretense of superiority are as irrational as one drop of water claiming itself to be better than another.
        I love your story of the account from the space crew. It is human to seek the familiar first, especially when one is so far from home, and yet, it is also human to see the bigger picture, if one allows themselves to do so and lets go of indoctrination to narrow-mindedness.
        Sending prospective leaders to space to spend some time floating about in a tin can and experiencing their redundancy may not be a bad thing … though I suspect not all are equipped with the moral capacity to take a step back and not return believing they should ‘own’ all of it for themselves … OY!
        Snowing in NYC today. Cold, but not too bad. πŸ™‚

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      • I’m sure the one or two that I want to leave up there would think they could own it all… It was cold on Cape Cod today, but it is warming up as the snow moves in… I’ll go back to NH tomorrow evening – tomorrow is supposed to be a lovely day and I don’t want to miss a bit of warmth while I’m here πŸ™‚

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      • Yes, one of two might want to own the world, and that should be a good reason to keep them orbiting in a tin can … πŸ˜‰
        I’d imagine it was raw in Cape Cod today! Always beautiful, but not always comfortable … I hope that the weather cooperates tomorrow. It should be clearing up all over the Eastern Seaboard tonight, I’m told. Blustery tomorrow here but expected to be nice and clear and above freezing besides. πŸ™‚ Enjoy what warmth you can find!

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  2. Congrats. Well deserved. And thank you, thank you, thank you for YOU. πŸ’šπŸ€—πŸ’š

    Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

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